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BOOST TO MICRO FINANCE: NABARD Assistant General Manager Srikrishna inaugurating the conference of the members of the self-help groups in Shimoga on Friday.
BOOST TO MICRO FINANCE: NABARD Assistant General Manager Srikrishna inaugurating the conference of the members of the self-help groups in Shimoga on Friday.

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SHGs urged to take up production of items in demand

SHIMOGA: Assistant General Manager of NABARD Shimoga Srikrishna said here on Friday that the Government-sponsored welfare programmes would become successful only when there was people’s participation in them.

Inaugurating the meeting of the newly enrolled self-help groups (SHGs) affiliated to the Kodachadri Gramina Abhivruddhi Trust, he asked the SHGs to make full use of the Government-sponsored welfare programmes. He stressed on the key role of non-governmental organisations in motivating SHGs to achieve the desired results. “The Government only extended its helping hand to some extent,” he told SHGs.

Emphasising the need for SHGs to take up production of the items which were in demand in the market, Mr. Srikrishna said there was no difficulty in pushing the products in the market if they were of good quality.

He said members of SHGs, particularly women, could improve their skills if they were properly trained in the latest technologies.

He asked women members of SHGs to become worldly wise instead of being confined to doing domestic chores. He said the fact that the performance of SHGs in Karnataka had been praised showed their effort to improve since they were set up 12 years ago. He said it was not enough if they were prompt in repaying the loan. They should make an endeavour to improve the quality of their products, he said.

Shimoga District Cooperative Central Bank (SDCCB) managing director B.A. Mahadevappa said he was happy that the women’s dependence on their husbands had come down after they became members of SHGs.

He said financial institutions had extended loan of Rs. 14 crore to the 11,000 SHGs working in the district against the savings of Rs. 5 crore mobilised by them. He said the SDCCB had sponsored 3,921 SHGs of which 3,495 were women’s SHGs. He asked the SHGs to switch over from the consumer loan to the production loan to take up micro enterprises.

SDCCB president R.M. Manjunath Gowda, who presided over the function, said the Kodachadri Gramina Abhivruddhi Trust, of which he was the president, had sponsored 3007 SHGs enrolling nearly 40,000 members. The trust had taken up training of their members in every taluk in the district.

He said the trust proposed to sponsor 7,000 SHGs. The trust was considering a proposal to take up production of paper from areca sheet as it was ideal for printing currency notes.

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